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Year in review 2019: Entertainment

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LIZZO TO KEANU, IT WAS A WILD YEAR IN ENTERTAINMENT MADISEN NEW AT 5 – REPORTER DAVID DANIEL LOOKS AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS FROM 20-19

IT WAS A YEAR OF DISNEY DOMINATION THE MEGA-STUDIO, WHICH ALREADY OWNED LUCASFILM, MARVEL, AND PIXAR, COMPLETED ITS ACQUISITION OF 21ST CENTURY FOX IT ALSO OWNED THE BOX OFFICE, BREAKING ITS OWN YEARLY TICKET SALES RECORD WITH MORE THAN 10-BILLION DOLLARS GLOBALLY, LED BY "AVENGERS: ENDGAME," WHICH MADE A WORLDWIDE RECORD TWO- POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS DOMESTICALLY, DISNEY HAD SIX OF THE YEAR'S SEVEN TOP-GROSSING FILMS — AND THAT WAS BEFORE "STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER" HIT THEATERS! DISNEY ALSO STARTED ITS OWN STREAMING SERVICE, DISNEY- PLUS, AMASSING MORE THAN 10- MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WITHIN DAYS OF LAUNCH BUT IT WASN'T THE ONLY NEW COMBATANT IN THE STREAMING WARS: APPLE T-V- PLUS ALSO JOINED THE FRAY, TAKING ON MORE ESTABLISHED SERVICES SUCH AS NETFLIX AND AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

20-19 DID NOT BRING GEORGE R-R MARTIN'S LONG- AWAITED LAST TWO BOOKS IN HIS "SONG OF ICE AND FIRE" SERIES, BUT ON T-V, H-B-O'S "GAME OF THRONES" ENDED ITS EIGHT-SEASON RUN WITH A LOT OF DEAD CHARACTERS AND MORE THAN A FEW FAN COMPLAINTS "HE'S THE PUPPETMASTER" THE LIFETIME DOCUMENTARY "SURVIVING R- KELLY" PROMPTED NEW INVESTIGATIONS OF THE SINGER, WHO NOW FACES FEDERAL CHARGES IN ILLINOIS AND NEW YORK RELATED TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT HE'S PLEADED NOT GUILTY AND IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND IN CHICAGO ALSO IN THE WINDY CITY, ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT TOLD POLICE TWO MEN ATTACKED HIM, YELLING RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC SLURS

AFTER INVESTIGATING, POLICE ARRESTED SMOLLETT, ACCUSING HIM OF STAGING THE ASSAULT, THOUGH HE DENIED THAT AND THE CHARGES WERE EVENTUALLY DROPPED IN LOS ANGELES, RAPPER AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST NIPSEY HUSSLE WAS KILLED OUTSIDE HIS CLOTHING STORE WE ALSO LOST FILMMAKER JOHN SINGLETON, AND ACTOR LUKE PERRY — BOTH TO MASSIVE STROKES, BOTH IN THEIR EARLY 50'S "FELICITY! WILLIAM!" TWO HOLLYWOOD ACTRESSES WERE AMONG THE 50-PLUS PEOPLE CHARGED IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL FELICITY HUFFMAN PLEADED GUILTY, ADMITTING SHE PAID 15- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BOOST HER DAUGHTER'S S-A-T SCORES, AND SERVED 11-DAYS IN FEDERAL PRISON

LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND DENY ALLEGATIONS THEY PAID HALF-A- MILLION DOLLARS TO GET THEIR DAUGHTERS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDER FALSE PRETENSES THEY FACE UP TO 45-YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED LIZZO TRUTH HURTS/ATLANTIC "YOU'RE POSED TO HOLD ME DOWN, BUT YOU'RE HOLDING ME BACK, AND THAT'S THE SOUND OF ME NOT CALLING YOU BACK

" THE YEAR'S BREAKOUT MUSIC STAR? LIZZO THE RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE SINGER, SONGWRITER AND RAPPER HIT NUMBER-ONE ON THE BILLBOARD CHART WITH HER SELF- EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM "TRUTH HURTS" SHE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE WITH PERFORMANCES FROM THE V-M-A'S TO N-P-R, LED THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, AND EVEN POPPED UP ON THE BIG SCREEN IN "HUSTLERS" NO WONDER TIME MAGAZINE NAMED HER ITS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR SELENA GOMEZ RETURNED WITH "LOSE YOU TO LOVE ME," FROM HER FIRST ALBUM SINCE 20-15, WHEN SHE REVEALED SHE HAS THE AUTO- IMMUNE DISEASE LUPUS

AND KEANU REEVES WAS EVERYWHERE IN 20-19: STARRING IN "JOHN WICK: CHAPTER THREE – PARABELLUM," LENDING HIS VOICE TO "TOY STORY FOUR," POPPING UP IN THE TRAILER FOR THE VIDEOGAME "CYBERPUNK 20-77," PLAYING AN OVER- THE-TOP VERSION OF HIMSELF IN "ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE," AND EVEN SHOWING UP IN THE TRAILER FOR "THE SPONGE-BOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN" "CALL ME SAGE" "GOOD NAME" "I'M MADE OUT OF SAGE, AND I AM A SAGE, SO IT WORKS OUT PRETTY WELL" IN HOLLYWOOD, I'M DAVID DANIEL

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